philip lelyveld The world of entertainment technology

24Sep/18Off

Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two by 2028, with one part led by China

"I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America.

If you look at China, and I was just there, the scale of the companies that are being built, the services being built, the wealth that is being created is phenomenal. Chinese Internet is a greater percentage of the GDP of China, which is a big number, than the same percentage of the US, which is also a big number.

If you think of China as like 'Oh yeah, they're good with the Internet,' you're missing the point. Globalization means that they get to play too. I think you're going to see fantastic leadership in products and services from China. There's a real danger that along with those products and services comes a different leadership regime from government, with censorship, controls, etc.

Look at the way BRI works – their Belt and Road Initiative, which involves 60-ish countries – it's perfectly possible those countries will begin to take on the infrastructure that China has with some loss of freedom."

See the full story here: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/former-google-ceo-predicts-internet-211300187.html

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News Site to Investigate Big Tech, Helped by Craigslist Founder

merlin_144247725_1fa42627-e8a9-4ec8-a856-87f001e64d35-superJumboInvestigative reporter Julia Angwin and data journalist Jeff Larson, both formerly of ProPublica, are starting The Markup, a news site dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society. Funded in part by a $20 million gift from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, the site will hire two dozen journalists for its New York; stories will start going up in early 2019. The Markup will explore three broad investigative categories: How profiling software discriminates against the poor and other vulnerable groups; internet health and infections like bots, scams and misinformation; and the awesome power of the tech companies; journalists will be partnered with a programmer from a story’s inception until its completion.

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“When canned food came out, it was amazing,” said Ms. Angwin, who will be the site’s editor in chief. “You could have peaches when they were out of season. There was a whole period of America where every recipe called for canned soup. People went crazy for canned food. And after 30 years, 40 years, people were like, ‘Huh, wait.’

“That is what’s happened with technology,” Ms. Angwin said, calling the 2016 election a tipping point. “And I’m so glad we’ve woken up.”

The site will explore three broad investigative categories: how profiling software discriminates against the poor and other vulnerable groups; internet health and infections like bots, scams and misinformation; and the awesome power of the tech companies. The Markup will release all its stories under a creative commons license so other organizations can republish them, as ProPublica does.

See the full story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/23/business/media/the-markup-craig-newmark.html

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How the Canadian character is shaping the future of self-driving cars

5GDDAODGC5PXBPRTEES665XBL4[PhilNote: the author's point is that the personalities of the programmers is a differentiator between Canadian and US self-driving care algorithms.]

These past few weeks have seen the Canadian automotive industry threatened as trade negotiations progress with my country, the United States. Those who have followed the talks have been struck by the way they’ve reflected aspects of two national identities: On the one side is President Donald Trump and his team – pugnacious, belligerent, the picture of capricious emotion; on the other is Canada and its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland – calm yet steadfast, all understated civility as she charts her cautious and sensible course.

What’s remarkable to me is the way this same duality played out during another drama that seems likely to disrupt the auto industry, albeit over the next decade. That drama is the development of the self-driving car – and there, the Canadian side’s national character served to ensure the project’s success.

Even today, after nine million miles of autonomous driving on public roads, none of the Waymo vehicles has ever been involved in a serious collision, let alone a fatal crash. Compare that with Tesla, which in May, 2016, saw former U.S. Navy SEAL Joshua Brown killed when his Autopilot-activated Model S crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer in Florida – just seven months after the public release of the Autopilot suite of self-driving features.

See the full story here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-how-the-canadian-character-is-shaping-the-future-of-self-driving-cars/

24Sep/18Off

Augmented reality artist creates sculptures using Bing search

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Using the Bing Search API and a proprietary AR platform, an artist created sculptures composed entirely of dynamic search images customized in real time.

Bing API connected to AR platform. The sculpture forms were created by 3D sculptor Michael Murphy, working in conjunction with interactive agency Feelr, who integrated the Bing Search API into a proprietary augmented reality (AR) platform. To create the sculptures, Murphy used the search queries to scan through thousands of images in just seconds and refine them based on color, image type and resolution.

See the full story here: https://searchengineland.com/augmented-reality-artist-creates-sculptures-using-bing-search-305756

24Sep/18Off

Technology introduces students to OKC bombing history

Modesto Noriega's eyes were fixed on his iPad. One by one, disturbing images of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building flashed before him.

"It makes me sad," said Modesto, 14, a ninth-grader at U.S. Grant High School. "What happened to the people and what the guy did. It makes me not want to do bad stuff."

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum launched the Augmented Reality experience Thursday inside the media center at Grant in south Oklahoma City.

It is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the memorial and the museum before they visit as part of the memorial's Called2Challenge program for ninth-graders in the Oklahoma City district and those who attend private schools in the city.

See the full story here: https://newsok.com/article/5609042/augmented-reality-to-comes-to-okc-district

 

24Sep/18Off

Augmented reality porn arrives on Android with animated human bodies

vr-bangers-2ARConk has been cooperating with the owners of the porn site Laidhub, to together establish a realistic AR porn experience. Honestly, as you can see from looking at the video, this is a pretty hard task. The animated human doesn’t quite look real yet, even if it does look like it fits well into the real world environment. Still, the companies argue that they have put a lot of work into this already, and getting the human to look like it fits is a technical achievement.

SexLikeReal said it analyzed the July 6 leak on Steam games as well as its own data on porn revenues to come up with the analysis. It found that 481 VR games released since 2016 have generated $50 million in sales, and it found that 6,000 VR videos released to date have also generated about $50 million in revenues.

This data clearly show that VR games and VR porn are the biggest consumer markets and thus the key drivers of virtual reality, SexLikeReal said.

See the full story here: https://venturebeat.com/2018/09/23/augmented-reality-porn-arrives-with-animated-human-bodies/

24Sep/18Off

Greenlight Insights’ Latest Report Shows Huge Potential in Large-Format Displays for Virtual Reality & AR

While the head-mounted display (HMD) has become icons of xR, in fact many, if not most, business and commercial applications do not employ HMDs, but instead, use large-format display screens (LFDs), Computer Assisted Virtual Environments (CAVEs), domes and cylindrical display systems. This report focuses on those non-HMD displays, and the applications, vendors, and integrators delivering solutions incorporating those displays in the xR space.

See the full story here: https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/greenlight-insights-latest-report-shows-huge-potential-in-large-format-displays-for-virtual-reality-ar-1027557938

24Sep/18Off

Magic Leap working to bid for US Military augmented reality headsets contract

magic-leap-arIn the near future, Magic Leap Inc. might get a US military contract to build augmented reality headsets. The US army is now turning to the tech companies for reality equipment to give its soldiers an edge on the battlefield. According to tender documents, it is revealed that Magic Leap has already started doing its homework by partnering with other tech giants such as Microsoft and another startup Improbable.

[Improbable is a British technology company that focuses on large-scale simulations in the cloud, enabling virtual worlds of unprecedented scale and complexity.] https://improbable.io/company/about-us

It could help Magic leap to gain 120000 headset orders from the US Military, raking up around $500 Million. As per the Army description, the deal would help to “increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy.” The new contract can change the Magic Leap’s vision on augmented reality, as currently, it is producing consumer-centric devices.

Magic Leap has also partnered with Sennheiser, an audio company specializing in the production of microphones, headphones and aviation headsets, to work on augmented space reality. The new partnership is done under the banner of Magic Leap’s “Works with Magic Leap” certification program.

See the full story here: https://www.gizmochina.com/2018/09/22/magic-leap-working-to-bid-for-us-military-augmented-reality-headsets-contract/

 

24Sep/18Off

The (Older Than You Think) History Of Augmented And Virtual Reality [INFOGRAPHIC]

history-of-virtual-reality-and-augmented-reality-infographicSee the full post here: https://www.digitalinformationworld.com/2018/09/infographic-history-augmented-virtual-reality.html

24Sep/18Off

11 Times AR Was Used To Create Hyperrealistic Immersive Broadcasts

Augmented reality(AR) in broadcasting has been making a slow but steady rise as media networks around the world begin to explore the technology's many capabilities.

See the full story here: https://interestingengineering.com/11-times-ar-was-used-to-create-hyperrealistic-immersive-broadcasts